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and lowly, and bow to the name and authority of Jesus; to submit to his sceptre and government. Let us walk in the way of holiness, bumility, selfdenial, and take up the cross, and be crucified with Christ, and glory in the cross of Christ by which we are crucified to the world, and the world to us; and then we walk in the way that leads to heaven and glory; and look up to the things which are not seen, which are eternal.
Dear Friends, take heed of visible things; bave a care that you stumble not on things below, that are temporal; bui look up to the things that are invisible and eternal, and lay up treasure above, against a stormy day. There are many that build upon a sandy foundation, and not upon Christ, the rock of ages, the chief corner stone. Such are likened by our Saviour to a foolish man, whi h built his house upon the sanıl, uod the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. These were among the foolish virgins, they bad lamps and made a profession, but a mere profession will not do. The graces of the Spirit of of God, and the life of the Son of God, leads to a life of righteousness and boliness; that is the oil of the lamp which they wanted. Blessed are they that have this oil in their lamps; they that have it not, let then make haste to buy before it be too late, when time shall be no more. And you that have it, see that your lights continue to shine before men, and thereby glorify your heavenly Father. It is the desire of every honest hearted Christian, that this ligbt may shine and cover the nations, according to the prayer of the royal Psalmist, that ancient servant of God, • Lord send forth thy light and thy truth.' Where must this light go fortb? It must shine forth of your hearts, and lives and conversations, that people may say concerning you, God is with them, of a truth. O Friends, answer the love and kindness of God, in this day of your visitation! If ever God appeared in any age, be bath hath eminently appeared in this of ours. He called, and qualified, and sent forth to preach the everlasting gospel, a company of poor, unlearned, and illiterate men, and he hath given them power, and they have gone out in the name of the Lord; without academical education, without logic and philosopby, arts and acquired parts, and they bave declared the whole counsel of God. I wish that every one may know the day of their visitation. They that will not bow to the mercy of God, shall bow to his judgments. Dost thou think, O man, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God, if thou despisest the riches of his goodness ? No; God will render to every man according to his deeds : to them who by patient continuance in well doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality, eternal life : but unto them that are contentious, that obey not the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath. Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that doth evil : of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile. But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile ; for there is no respect of persons with God.
When the Pharisees sent out men to ensnare and entrap our Lord Jesus Christ, they were astonished at his doctrine, and declared to those that sent them, “Never man spake like this inan.' He had reached their hearts and spoken to their consciences. When our Saviour had declared himself to be the bread of life to believers, John vi. 51, many of the disciples departed from him. I am the living bread wbich came down from heaven; if any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give bim, is my flesh, wbich I give for the life of the world. Then many of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is a
hard saying, who can bear it? As the living Father bath sent me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth me even be shall live by me. It is the Spirit that quickens, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, will ye also go away? And Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go ? Thou bast the words of eternal life?' We did not want words, we wanted life. Thou hast living words, the words of eternal life dwell with thee. In him is life, (saith the Apostle Jobn) and the life is the light of men.' And our Saviour says, Mark x. 29, . And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life. Peter said unto him, Behold we have left all and followed thee, what shall we have therefore ? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me in the regeneration, when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.' I have sometimes told you, that man's travel in this world is like Jacob's ladder ; we ought to ascend every day one step towards heaven : Every day is a step towards our latter end, and towards the grave; let then every day be a step towards God and heaven.
O you young ones! It is my heart's desire and prayer, that you may be saved in the great day of the Lord Jesus; that you may now have an holy tenderness and brokenness of beart, and that you may receive the truth in the love of it; and love the truth as it is in Jesus, and serve the Lord in your generation. It is not the faith of your parents will save you, nor will their well-doing recommend you to God. You must walk in the same path of life, and take up your cross also, and follow Cbrist, and then God will take delight in you, and consecrate you vessels of honour in his house, and you shall declare and tell of the goodness and loving kindness of God, and of his wonderful works, to the generations that are to come after, when your parents' beads are laid in the grave.
O you young ones! I tell you once more, it is my bearty desire and prayer to God for you, that ye may be followers of them who through faith and patience do inherit the promises; that you may receive the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
I speak to you all, that make a profession of the truth as it is in Jesus. Let all that converse with you behold your holy walking, be witnesses of your watchfulness and tenderness, and observe with what a holy fear, and awe, and reverence of God, you carry yourselves; that their consciences may witness for you and say, Well, these people are such as truly fear the Lord, and have religion not only in-their mouths, but at their very hearts : These are Christians indeed, Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile. This, Friends, is the way to approve yourselves to God and men, and to your own consciences. God will then bless you in your trades and callings, and in your basket and store, when you do all you do in the name of Christ, and to the praise and glory of the eternal and ever-blessed God.
O my Friends, have a care that none out-live that tender state that God brought them into in the beginning, but let every one of you stand fast in the liberty where with Christ hath made you free : I speak both to you and your children; stand fast in this liberty : If ye be circumcised, (saitb the apostle,) Christ shall profit you nothing.' So I say to you, if ye go back again to the spirit of the world, and be conformed to the world,
Christ shall profit you nothing. Let none look back, as Lot's wife did, lest they also become a standing inonument of God's judgments. O take heed of the accursed thing, the lusts of your own hearts, these enemies of your own peace, that would not that Christ should reign over you; • Bring them forth, (saith Christ,) and slay them before me.
· Blessed be the Lord, that hath given us the liberty that we see this day : God is pleased to renew his mercies every day, from one season and opportunity to another.
It is the most ardent desire of my soul, and I earnestly beseech the Lord, that you may all here present feel and enjoy the blessing of our great High Priest before you go. O you that know the Lord Christ Jesus to be your high priest, come and be annointed of him. The ointment that was on Aaron's head ran down to the skirts of his garments. O bring your lamps. to Christ your blessed high priest, and he will give you oil to fill them: Yea, he will sprinkle you with his blood, and bring you into the holy of holies. He is a good Shepherd, that will feed you, and bring you into green pastures; and when you are filled and satisfied with the fatness of his house, he will make you drink of the rivers of his pleasures, and bring you to the fold of eternal rest. But to the wicked he will say, • Depart ye cursed :' here is no room for you in these mansions of glory. He will cast them into utter darkness.
O my Friends, let your souls bless the Lord, and all that is within you praise bis holy name. Let your hearts and tongues extol and magnify him ; and let your lips and lives show forth his praise ; and say with the Psalmist, Holiness becomes thy house, O God, for ever. I will adore and worship Thee in the beauties of holiness, with the lowest